Dubai Municipality and the 40 Leading Cities Network for Climate Change announce the winner of the sustainable urban development competition

Dubai Municipality and the 40 Leading Cities Network for Climate Change announce the winner of the sustainable urban development competition
Dubai Municipality and the 40 Leading Cities Network for Climate Change announce the winner of the sustainable urban development competition

Dubai Municipality and the C40 Leadership Network for Climate Change, in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, announced the results of the competition to develop a “sustainable urban project” in the Karama region, which was launched within the “UNI Reinventing Cities” initiative for university students from different cities of the world in the month of March. Last January, to rehabilitate urban projects, rehabilitate and transform a number of existing sites in cities into sustainable areas and projects.

The competition aims to provide an opportunity for young students from international universities to participate in creating sustainable designs by presenting innovative ideas in urban designs that support international efforts to address the phenomena of climate change. In Dubai, the “Studio Dar” team from the American University of Dubai won the competition.

On this occasion, His Excellency Abdullah Muhammad Al Basti, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Dubai and Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the C40 Network for South and West Asia, said: “We seek to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global center from which innovative solutions are launched, especially in the field of environmental sustainability, by In response to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him”, to consolidate the values ​​of sustainability as a major component of the development process.

His Excellency added, “Involving young university students in the competition is an effective approach through which the owners of experiences and talents meet to compete to present innovative ideas that contribute to providing effective and practical solutions within the global efforts to address the challenges of climate change, based on its importance in achieving a prosperous future for future generations.”

Foreseeing the future

For his part, His Excellency Daoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality seeks to enhance the emirate’s position by applying the highest standards of competitiveness in various fields, especially the field of sustainability, based on the vision of the rational government in terms of looking ahead to the next decade of innovative competitiveness,” stressing the Municipality’s keenness. Dubai has benefited from the various experiences and knowledge from all segments of society, as it participated in the organization of the Forty Cities Leadership Network competition aimed at motivating cities to adopt the idea of ​​sustainable urban design, with the aim of transforming the region into an icon through the application of sustainability standards.

Shruti Narayan, Regional Director of the C40 Network for South and West Asia, said: “Nine months ago, C40 Network with 18 cities from around the world identified a number of areas that could be rehabilitated. Universities to participate in designing appropriate solutions, and it was great that more than 1,000 students from 150 universities responded to this call globally, sharing their vision and ideas to promote green and thriving neighborhoods.”

Shruti added, “The winning project in Dubai in particular was particularly inspiring, as it presents an integrated vision that prioritizes the needs of the population, and contributes to accelerating the transition towards a sustainable future with a significant reduction in carbon levels.” Stressing his confidence in the vital role played by students and academic institutions in joining cities in combating climate change, the Forty Cities Leadership Network on Climate Change is proud to support Dubai Municipality in this pioneering initiative.

winning project

The participation of the Studio Dar team, which won the competition, included presenting a set of creative ideas and designs for a sustainable urban project in the Al Karama area. And innovation, and the importance of enriching the area with bicycle lanes and areas designated for sitting and walking, in addition to vital activities and uses that contribute to raising the quality of life and increasing the green area and shaded spaces.

Sustainable urban projects are among the solutions that contribute to reducing the negative impact of the most prominent climate challenges such as climate change and global warming, as these challenges require a unified global response at all levels to overcome them, reduce emissions that harm the environment, and monitor opportunities that enhance the quality of community life. And discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint to reach a more efficient infrastructure, which requires cities, agencies and various institutions to cooperate in preparing new models for development, construction and services according to environmental and sustainable foundations.

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